This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing Plays to Full Houses

Buffalo Seminary Theatre presented the 2018 spring play, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing this past weekend. After a month of hard work and dedication, the cast and crew put on four successful shows. This production was different from previous history-based plays – this one was a lighthearted comedy about triplets.

Maddie Rich ’18, who was in attendance this weekend said, “I liked the relationship between the three sisters and how they were apart for so long but when they found each other again they could just go back to their old ways.”

According to house manager Sarah Hamdan ’18, the PAC was filled for every show. “We had a collective audience of 276 people, our biggest night being Friday, with 103 people. Thursday night had a total of 61 people, the Saturday matinee had 46 people and Saturday evening had 66 people.” These numbers were pretty similar to previous plays, said Sarah.

With every production come challenges faced by the cast and crew. “When we read the script for the first time, it was otherworldly and pretty crazy so it was hard to tell a story on stage, in real life and in real time,” said stage manager Clare Sharkey ’18. Overall, the biggest challenge was trying to find ways to tell a story that was understandable to the audience and flowed easily. Along with the storytelling aspect, the time constraints were also difficult. “It was a big show to put together in such little time,” said Clare.

The popular Badger puppet built and acted by Zo Galarneau.

The costume crew doubled as puppet builders for this year which was a new theatre experience. August Maines ’21, Carson Brannon ’20, Kim Seth ’21, Katie Gibbons ’18, Katie Bergstrom ’21 and Zo Galarneau ’18 were a part of the costume crew which created these popular puppets. “Mrs. Drozd wanted to make sure it was a show for all ages which is where the puppets came in as they reflected that. We tried to make everything colorful,” said Katie Gibbons. The puppets made the play unique as they all had their own name and identity.

What’s a play without concessions? Katie Gibbons, who was in charge of marketing was excited about the thoughtful and detailed concessions for this play. “Kimmy (Seth ’21) and I came up with pun names for everything and trying to come up with a theme including, “The al-beans (jelly beans), “bea-twix” and “carmM&Ms.” Although they didn’t make the earnings they did for SEM’s 2016 production of Blue Stockings, they still made a fair amount. This  being Katie’s last SEM production, she said, “I have relearned to love theatre and to be confident in myself and my ideas. Nothing makes you friends faster than spending 6+ hours a day together for a month.” Even though Katie was emotional as her theatre involvement came to an end, she is already promising to come back for future plays.

Maddy Cherr ’18, Aurora Kraus ’18 and Maggie Rose Bontempo ’18 ready to take the stage.

Susan Drozd, the director and brilliant mind behind all SEM productions had a rather different experience this time around when it came to choosing the spring play. “I chose the play because I was making fun of the title when I saw it on a website,” she said. As she researched more about the play, she fell in love with the script.

She gave herself credit for finding out why she didn’t like it and allowing herself to be open to it and end-up picking it. She said she loved the storytelling of the script. “It was literally like a fairytale,” she said. That’s very different from recent SEM productions. ” I don’t pick the plays, the stories they tell pick me,” said Ms. Drozd. The plays then are put in the hands of students to work on and to receive.

“It’s really settling in what a profound impact Buffalo Seminary theatre has had on my life,” said Katie Gibbons.